Ole Miss star QB Shea Patterson will transfer to Michigan. Does Jim Harbaugh finally have his quarterback?
Barring injury, Michigan might just have the star quarterback who could live up to the potential under Jim Harbaugh.
Michigan has a loaded team returning after a year of rebuilding and restocking the shelves, and now Jim Harbaugh just did his best recruiting job, getting Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson to come to Ann Arbor, thanks to the penalty-free transfer waiver granted to Rebel players after the recent round of NCAA sanctions.
Michigan had the defense, and it will again. It had the rushing offense, and it will again. However, it was 110th in the nation in passing efficiency and couldn’t keep the chains moving even with Wilton Speight, Brandon Peters, and John O’Korn all big, talented passers who should’ve been able to press the passing game deep.
What is Michigan getting?
The SEC’s best quarterback, or maybe behind Jarrett Stidham and Nick Fitzgerald – but not far off.
Patterson got hurt midway through the season, but not before he threw for 2,259 yards and 17 touchdowns with nine picks, hitting the 300-yard mark against everyone but Alabama, and in the game he got hurt against LSU.
As a freshman, he came on late to throw for 880 yards and six scores in the final three games of his freshman season, and now it’ll be his job to try beating out Peters and taking over the Michigan attack. And that’s not a lock.
The problem is with the picks, throwing 12 in just ten games – Harbaugh won’t stand for that. He also won’t add any mobility.
However, if he’s able to progress and keep the mistakes to a minimum, all of a sudden, Michigan has a guy who could grow into a superstar. At the very least, he adds more depth, another option, and an amazing part of the puzzle this summer once he’s healthy again.
First, he has to come back from a knee injury – a torn PCL – but he’s expected to be ready for the season.
Once he’s back, he’s it. He’s the guy. And if he’s not, that means Michigan has someone else – like Peters – who’s just that good.
That’s not a bad thing – now beat Ohio State. (Might as well get this party started early.)